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What To Do With Those First Generation Photo Frames?

Unknown Lamer posted about 2 years ago | from the beowulf-cluster-of-course dept.

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First time accepted submitter icepick3000 writes "There are probably many digital photoframes unused these days laying around. Mine is from the first generation meaning you can only insert a compact flash card and display photos. Newer models nowadays can display weather, news, and stocks. Anyone have some good idea's how to give these old frames a second life? I have been thinking about compact flash cards that support wifi... maybe someone has a better idea?"

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Why choose to be unhappy? (4, Insightful)

MrLogic17 (233498) | about 2 years ago | (#41737005)

Um, use them as designed? Why do you need all of those extra features for just a photo frame?

If you're still on the upgrade treadmill, give the old frames to someone who will use it.

Re:Why choose to be unhappy? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41737049)

Bravo for saying what needed to be said so politely!

Re:Why choose to be unhappy? (5, Insightful)

Scutter (18425) | about 2 years ago | (#41737105)

I thought this was Slashdot. This should be the home of people hacking devices and breathing new life into them.

Re:Why choose to be unhappy? (4, Funny)

tibit (1762298) | about 2 years ago | (#41737131)

It's a photo frame for crying out loud. If it doesn't work, you can perhaps fix it. If you want weather on your fireplace's mantle, punch a hole to the outside and be done, mmkay?

Re:Why choose to be unhappy? (5, Funny)

Scutter (18425) | about 2 years ago | (#41737179)

You seem very angry about some guy who just wants to tinker with some old piece of electronics. Did a digital photo frame once fall on your head or something?

Re:Why choose to be unhappy? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41737619)

They.. They took my job. Those photo frames.

I hate them all.

Re:Why choose to be unhappy? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41737931)

So, were you a single picture frame or one of those collages like my grandma has all over the walls?

Either, way, I'm sorry for your loss.

Re:Why choose to be unhappy? (3, Funny)

Mondo1287 (622491) | about 2 years ago | (#41740059)

Dey took yer jerb!

Re:Why choose to be unhappy? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41740459)

DEY TERK YER JERB!

Re:Why choose to be unhappy? (3, Insightful)

tibit (1762298) | about 2 years ago | (#41737933)

I thinker too, but man, if you need to ask around on slashdot for inspiration, you're in a real dry rut :)

Re:Why choose to be unhappy? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41738003)

Your first grade teacher was wrong, there are such things as stupid questions.

Disgusted with lameness (3, Insightful)

SuperKendall (25149) | about 2 years ago | (#41738063)

You seem very angry about some guy who just wants to tinker with some old piece of electronics.

It's just that it's so very lame to ask a question that is essentially "what can I do with an LCD panel?". If you don't know already, you probably will have no use for the answer.

It's also a bit absurd to think a photo frame it broken because it doesn't display something besides photos you can get more easily and with better detail on your smart phone.

Re:Why choose to be unhappy? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41738019)

Are you invested in Apple, do you have the persecution of Job? Then why don't you pick up some Fanboi Cream. Developed by Steve of wonder and soothing white it's the cream for what afflicts you.

Get it at fine stores everywhere.

Re:Why choose to be unhappy? (1, Troll)

Auroch (1403671) | about 2 years ago | (#41737399)

I thought this was Slashdot. This should be the home of people hacking devices and breathing new life into them.

... Sorry, not since 2004 and the release of the ipod mini. Here, we praise the almighty apple, and their policies of less-than-user-repairable designs.

Re:Why choose to be unhappy? (2)

gmhowell (26755) | about 2 years ago | (#41737789)

I thought this was Slashdot. This should be the home of people hacking devices and breathing new life into them.

... Sorry, not since 2004 and the release of the ipod mini. Here, we praise the almighty apple, and their policies of less-than-user-repairable designs.

Looks like you need to get a better Rx on your bifocals or perhaps a stronger magnifier [amazon.com] (not an affiliate link). Plenty of instructions and parts here [ifixit.com] and elsewhere for 'less-than-user-repairable' designs. Let me guess, you think you can't change the oil on a modern car, either?

I've delved into a couple of iPods and my brother has repair at least three iPhones. No tougher than replacing bits on a modern laptop, and only slightly more involved than replacing bits in a modern tower PC. Had you mentioned the glued in batteries on the MacBook Air or the pentalobe screws, maybe you would have had a point, but 2004 iPod mini? That's a stretch.

Re:Why choose to be unhappy? (-1, Troll)

Grishnakh (216268) | about 2 years ago | (#41737893)

Your low user ID shows you to be a dinosaur here. Simply put: you don't belong here. Today's Slashdot is not for hacker nerds, it's for Apple fanboys and Microsoft fanboys (or are they shills?) to endlessly argue. It's not for anyone who likes to hack on stuff. Those days are over, and people like that have either moved on to other pursuits or moved on to other forums besides this one. Sure, there's places on the internet that still cater to this stuff (probably more places than ever, in fact), like the ones you pointed out. However, the average Slashdotter these days is not interested in such things.

mm, what? (1)

Anubis350 (772791) | about 2 years ago | (#41737969)

Seriously, are you joking? Not only are tear-downs not rare here, and iFixit not obscure at all but they're basically the king of internet device tear-downs, but while they specialize in Apple stuff, they do a helluva lot more too...and they get linked to from slashdot, or as the primary source from articles linked to from slashdot, all the time.

Re:mm, what? (1)

Anubis350 (772791) | about 2 years ago | (#41737979)

er, I clearly had a language fail up there, let's rewrite that as " Not only are tear-downs not rare here, and iFixit not obscure at all but they're basically the king of internet device tear-downs. While they do specialize in Apple stuff, they do a helluva lot more too..."

Re:mm, what? Warning - threadjack (0)

dwywit (1109409) | about 2 years ago | (#41739161)

I like your sig. When, oh when is someone with brains, insight and money going to option, fund, script and produce the Amber series? Jeez, it can't be that difficult in this day and age.
 
Oh, I forgot, it's not a comic book.

Re:mm, what? Warning - threadjack (2)

paiute (550198) | about 2 years ago | (#41739387)

...when is someone with brains, insight and money....

In Hollywood? Where are you going to find one person with all three?

Re:mm, what? (0)

Grishnakh (216268) | about 2 years ago | (#41738391)

Yes, stuff like that still gets linked over here, but all I'm saying is that Slashdot isn't the hacker's and nerd's paradise that it used to be. Heck, every time something about evolution pops up, there's a ton of people here saying the earth is 6000 years old, evolution is false, etc. I don't remember that happening here in the 90s.

Re:mm, what? (2)

blackest_k (761565) | about 2 years ago | (#41739337)

Heck, every time something about evolution pops up, there's a ton of people here saying the earth is 6000 years old, evolution is false, etc. I don't remember that happening here in the 90s.

That is just trolling. On the positive side there are a lot less of GNAA, Nambia trolls for example these days, You can't expect everything to remain the same but with millions of registered users there is bound to be a change in what gets covered on Slashdot on the plus side there is usually less than 500 comments on any particular article, so if something has interest to just a few hundred users it can be an article on slashdot. Choose what to read, don't bother with stuff that doesn't interest you. This site is its users and if something interests you talk about it!

If you don't then there will be changes you don't like and little that caters to your interest. You can't blame slashdot changing to cater for new users interests if you don't find slashdot interesting any more and don't contribute yourself.

Re:mm, what? (1)

somersault (912633) | about 2 years ago | (#41740661)

You're making a massive jump to assume that religious people can't also be hackers.. being religious doesn't necessarily mean you're stupid, it just means you've been brainwashed with fairytales, often from a very young age (as I was).

Re:Why choose to be unhappy? (1)

tlhIngan (30335) | about 2 years ago | (#41740713)

Looks like you need to get a better Rx on your bifocals or perhaps a stronger magnifier (not an affiliate link). Plenty of instructions and parts here and elsewhere for 'less-than-user-repairable' designs. Let me guess, you think you can't change the oil on a modern car, either?

I've delved into a couple of iPods and my brother has repair at least three iPhones. No tougher than replacing bits on a modern laptop, and only slightly more involved than replacing bits in a modern tower PC. Had you mentioned the glued in batteries on the MacBook Air or the pentalobe screws, maybe you would have had a point, but 2004 iPod mini? That's a stretch.

Well, iFixit's "non-repairability" pretty much means "no neanderthal with a butterknife for a screwdriver can open it" these days. After all, if you use torx screws (which were rare just a few years ago as well, nevermind security torx), there's no dings for that. But use a special screw that oh-no-I-had-no-choice-but-to-make-it-and-sell-to-the-public-and-I-don't-want-to-sell-it-to-you and it's an instant "non-repairable").

Heck, the instant the MBP Retina got an EPEAT certification iFixit denounced it publicly, even the EPEAT guys had to say "Look, it passes based on our criteria. Which like what Apple complained of, are ancient. Our criteria currently concerns itself with end of life recyclability, not middle of life repairability or upgrades. If you want, you can partiticipate in helping make new criteria. Remember when the original criteria were created, nothing passed, and now we've evolved the industry." And heck, even the recyclers were happy - they make more money recycling an Apple computer (even a difficult one like the Retina MBP) than any other computer. And technically, the recyclers were thinking of putty knives to aid disassembly.

That's the problem with iFixit - I guess even if you made something that used a common screwdriver to take apart fully, you'd be faulted for putting on a "Warranty void if broken" sticker, or if your case was a bit too tight-fitting that they had to break out a spudger.

(And yes, pentalobe screws suck, but I treat it as an intelligence test - if you can't be bothered to buy the right tools, you probably shouldn't even attempt at trying to repair stuff. Too much "butterknife screwdrivers" and the like. If you think clueless computer users who double-click on every EXE file is bad, let them loose on trying to repair stuff...).

No (2, Interesting)

SmallFurryCreature (593017) | about 2 years ago | (#41738617)

This is Slashdot 2012, home of console gamers and modding everything as troll and flamebait that people don't agree with.

The real hackers moved on. They didn't tell me where. Hackers and my parents... is it so hard to leave a forwarding address?

Re:Why choose to be unhappy? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41740615)

This would have been the type of thing that I came to this topic for. I've got an old digital photo frame that a) needs to be plugged in (thus, annoying since my place doesn't have many outlets, even fewer free, and even fewer free AND in a good location for the photo frame), and b) is of piss-poor quality in general. If I wanted photos scrolling by, I'd just set my screensaver to scroll through all the photos in my computer.

But that doesn't change that I still have an old digital photo frame that I'd rather do SOMETHING with. None of my friends want it, so right now it's either thrift store or collect dust, and I just haven't yet bothered to move it from the latter into the former.

Re:Why choose to be unhappy? (1)

rolfwind (528248) | about 2 years ago | (#41737141)

Maybe the screen quality is better on the new ones.

Personally, I just print out and hang the photos I like (dye sub, not horrible inkjet, store quality would suffice as well). Much less energy use in the long run. Plus just playing with it won't erase the wanted image from it.

My girlfriend uses her iPad as a photo frame some of the time (obviously not all), much more easily updated with new stuff without going out of the way to only just that, and the (slide to unlock) makes it automatic. The screen is much nicer than most $100 frames that I saw in the past. She obviously only puts it out as such at special occasions and not all of the time.

If they have wifi built in, and a new small OS can be flashed onto it, maybe some cool uses can be had. Or maybe a school can use it, give it as a donation.

Re:Why choose to be unhappy? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41737391)

> give the old frames to someone who will use it.

Like your local animal shelter - we use them at ours to display pictures of adoptable animals in local businesses, a volunteer drives around once a week with updated CF/SD cards. Much better than static posters.

Re:Why choose to be unhappy? (2, Funny)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | about 2 years ago | (#41738395)

Like your local animal shelter - we use them at ours to display pictures of adoptable animals in local businesses, a volunteer drives around once a week with updated CF/SD cards. Much better than static posters.

Hmm... I have an idea for some fun hijinx... you're not perchance in the Seattle area, are you?

Re:Why choose to be unhappy? (4, Interesting)

hairyfeet (841228) | about 2 years ago | (#41737505)

Frankly there needs to be a "+10 Truth" mod because you sir should have one! I mean what is this complete obsession with putting every damned thing on everything else? I gave my GF a photoframe that...gasp! Just shows photos a couple of years back and she still loves and treasures it, it sets in the middle of the TV shelf right above the set so anybody who sits down in her home has their eyes drawn to its constantly changing pictures and with the 8Gb SD card and reader she can just slap pics straight off her phone onto the card and have them instantly ready for viewing which she loves.

You already get news and weather on your PC, your laptop, your phone, why can't a picture frame just be a picture frame?

Re:Why choose to be unhappy? (2)

HeckRuler (1369601) | about 2 years ago | (#41740673)

I mean what is this complete obsession with putting every damned thing on everything else?

That's the idea that we can re-use things that we own. Recycling, if you will. It's kind of a thing on slashdot that we have the right to tinker and be in control of the things we own. There's that noticeable shift from being owners to renters even when it comes to our hardware and software. That irks us. We push back. When we buy something, we own it, and we will damn well do whatever we want with it.

I too have one of these photo frame things. I guess I've used it a couple times at parties, but otherwise it's just a power leech. I came here for interesting ideas about what to put on a random LCD screen in the house. Sure, a picture frame can just be a picture frame. Unless I want it to be something else. I have that right to tinker and re-purpose it. I know that not everyone is a tinkerer, and that's perfectly fine. But really, if you don't like the current conversation, why butt in?

Only decent photo frame is a big screen TV (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41738665)

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Re:Why choose to be unhappy? (1)

flyingfsck (986395) | about 2 years ago | (#41738837)

Yeah, I have a nice Garmin GPS unit, which, after a firmware upgrade(!), is now only usable as a digital photo frame. I would love to be able to use it as a GPS unit...

Re:Why choose to be unhappy? (2)

ColdWetDog (752185) | about 2 years ago | (#41740385)

That's pretty good for a Garmin. They're generally just useful as night lights.

Consider yourself lucky!

Re:Why choose to be unhappy? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41739257)

Sorry to disagree with the not much very enlightened /. moderator, but here's a G. B. Shaw quote for your reflection:

"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man."

Now, I nonetheless find your suggestion of common sense, since indeed for some people the device is enough the way it is, so reusing it without any expense would be better; that said, I learned there are CF cards with wi-fi support, which is amazing de per se.

Re:Why choose to be unhappy? (2)

Jason Levine (196982) | about 2 years ago | (#41740115)

That's what I was thinking of too. Load it up with family photos and give it to an older relative who otherwise would want printed photo albums. (Then, periodically, refresh the frame manually with new photos and/or teach your relative how to do this.)

Re:Why choose to be unhappy? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41740127)

Clap clap clap...
Dreems are not needs.

First Generation Photo Frame (1)

olivier69 (1176459) | about 2 years ago | (#41740277)

For me, a "first generation photo frame" is a... photo frame, like the ones you've used your entire life, you know... made of wood.

how to give these old frames a second life?

Buuuuuuuuuuuuuuurn !

Simple solution (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41737017)

1) Download image http://i.imgur.com/Oq3OW.jpg
2) Place image on digital photoframe.
3) Place digital photoframe outside front door.
4) ???
5) Peace and solitude.

Surprisingly not Goatse (4, Informative)

Anubis350 (772791) | about 2 years ago | (#41737085)

I'm actually slightly disappointed, slashdot AC trolls.

Re:Surprisingly not Goatse (1)

dunkelfalke (91624) | about 2 years ago | (#41738693)

yeah. i was expecting hello.jpg

Re:Simple solution (4, Funny)

msevior (145103) | about 2 years ago | (#41737957)

OK I bit...

awwwww cute!

What To Do With Those First Generation Photo Frame (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41737029)

Display photos in them you twit.

I'm not the troll icepick3000, you are.

Buy an adapter (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41737031)

http://dx.com/p/sdhc-sd-mmc-to-cf-type-ii-card-adapter-upto-32gb-22338 ...or, send the frame to me, and I'll buy an adapter.

New Year's Gift (4, Insightful)

guttentag (313541) | about 2 years ago | (#41737053)

  1. 1. Open MSPaint or similar program
  2. 2. Create a horrendously-ugly pixelated painting
  3. 3. Superimpose large (not anti-aliased) text over the painting that reads "New Year's Resolution"
  4. 4. Create a second painting with the text "Stop buying 1st Gen Hardware"
  5. 5. Repeat step 4 with "?????" as the text, where ????? Equals your other new years resolutions (as many times as necessary)
  6. 6. Profit!

Re:New Year's Gift (1)

guttentag (313541) | about 2 years ago | (#41737079)

(of course, load said images onto your compact flash card and set it to play through each one)

i plugged mine into my tablet (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41737063)

Because I told my boss i could be more efficient with dual monitors.
Surfing porn at work does take up a lot of space.

Porn (3, Funny)

Anubis350 (772791) | about 2 years ago | (#41737075)

A giant wall of porn to great you when you, er, come home. /burn karma, burn!

Re:Porn (1)

Gaygirlie (1657131) | about 2 years ago | (#41737425)

I was just about to cum.. err, come.. suggest boobies. I mean, who needs weather or fancy ticker or anything when you can just stare at a glorious pair of boobies? Even better if you have multiple pairs to stare at!

Re:Porn (1)

TeknoHog (164938) | about 2 years ago | (#41738851)

A giant wall of porn to great you when you, er, come home.

Did you mean:

  1. greet?
  2. great, as in make yourself bigger in size, if you know what I mean?

idea (5, Interesting)

viperidaenz (2515578) | about 2 years ago | (#41737115)

Pray your old photo frame supports SD cards
Use the GPIO on your Arduino/RaspberryPi/Anything network connectable really to emulate an SD card with a filesystem and produce the images to display stock prices/weather/intertubes content on your legacy photo frame.

Re:idea (1)

silas_moeckel (234313) | about 2 years ago | (#41737149)

Well consider that there are stock cf to sd card adapters that's not much of an issue.

Re:idea (1)

robogun (466062) | about 2 years ago | (#41738679)

There are sd cards that are wifi capable. I assume you can write to them (they were meant to deliver images real time from camera to computer), no need for hardware development.

Re:idea (2)

Neil Boekend (1854906) | about 2 years ago | (#41739241)

Would it be possible to use this to display an X server and have it as a (horribly lagging) extra monitor?

Re:idea (1)

blackest_k (761565) | about 2 years ago | (#41739389)

Samsung did a photo frame which was able to be used as a display port device. making it work as a second monitor I did have it in mind as a portable second monitor for a netbook. Some reason USB display port devices cost stupid money, as in more than the frame would cost. hopefully they have dropped to a price point where they are reasonable.

My Nas is hacked to run debian,I guess it could be used with display port and a photo frame as a display usb sound cards are supported also...
     

porn + lube (-1)

larry bagina (561269) | about 2 years ago | (#41737143)

= jack off session.

Personal Telescreen (5, Funny)

guttentag (313541) | about 2 years ago | (#41737151)

Take headshots of your significant other looking very impatient, occasionally slightly moving to create the appearance of a live image. Glue a black plastic sequin to the middle of the top frame so it looks like a built in camera. Set the frame in portrait orientation and have it display the images in quick succession on your desk. Then whenever someone you don't want to talk to approaches, start apologizing to the frame, then turn it around for them to see, and whisper this: "I've got my wife on the telescreen... I have to take this call..." Bonus points if it is your wife who you avoid talking to in this way.

Re:Personal Telescreen (4, Insightful)

rwa2 (4391) | about 2 years ago | (#41737583)

Heh, I like that!

It's almost Halloween... I would just hook one up to a battery pack and make it part of my costume somehow. It could display the blue screen of Death! Or you could just get the t-shirt.

Maybe load a few pictures of evil-looking eyes, and hang them out in a dark corner of the yard.

Or load a few pictures of x-rays on it.. with a little rehearsal and good timing (or maybe it just has a "next photo" button). Then you can hold it in front of various 'ahem' parts of your body, and show off or something.

There are so many crappy old laptops around with nicer displays and better functionality to waste time hacking a photo frame, though.

Re:Personal Telescreen (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41738385)

Heh, I like that!

It's almost Halloween... I would just hook one up to a battery pack and make it part of my costume somehow.

Don't try that in Boston, the cops will assume you are a threat...

Re:Personal Telescreen (1)

rapiddescent (572442) | about 2 years ago | (#41739441)

no - just take a photograph of behind you and then hang it on your front.

Hack the firmware (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41737153)

Use them as a video output device.

Many picture frames can be hacked and used as displays. Cheap and very handy for devices lacking traditional a traditional video out.

Some smart people have been working on this over at the Doozan forum [doozan.com] .

Re:Hack the firmware (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41738241)

Use them as a video output device.
Many picture frames can be hacked and used as displays

Funny, I've been using mine as a display for my photos and didn't have to hack anything.

"Digital photo frames"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41737171)

Aren't those things called "tablets" nowadays?

I will give you an advice for free! (0)

physlord (1790264) | about 2 years ago | (#41737173)

Do not feed the trolls!

Hack the firmware (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41737209)

Turn them in to cheap displays.

Many picture frames can be hacked to act as low-fps displays for Linux devices. Cheap and handy for devices lacking a traditional video out.

The smart folks over at the Doozan forum [doozan.com] have been working in this for some time now.

First World Problem (1)

SeaFox (739806) | about 2 years ago | (#41737307)

Wow, I don't own any digital photo frames yet and wasn't aware we had hit "generations" of them now. I was wanting one that could display animated gifs if anything so I could do something like a Harry Potter-ish moving picture such as these [annstreetstudio.com] . Either that or a e-paper one so it would run off batteries for weeks.

Re:First World Problem (1)

Shag (3737) | about 2 years ago | (#41737769)

Actually, I'm pretty sure any photo frame that's digital is at least second generation - a "first generation photo frame" to me is something made of wood or metal that I can put a print in. I have several of those, but none of the digital kind.

Display information (4, Insightful)

Okian Warrior (537106) | about 2 years ago | (#41737351)

Do you want a bigger house? Own your own business? Climb Kilimanjaro? Put frames that show those goals into it and let the photo frames remind you. This will make a powerful subconscious urge for you to achieve your goals.

Do you want to learn rote things, such as another language? How about showing word - translation flashcards for the language, or whatever information you need to know. Put them on your desk and occasionally glance over and try to guess which translation will follow the shown word. (Or the times tables, or whatever info you want.)

How about installing quick-reference sheets for work? (I personally have an ASCII chart hanging in my office since I can never remember the codes.) You can have a "perl quick reference sheet", "perl debugger sheet", "Cisco router quick reference sheet" and so on. Most of the frames have buttons to stop or flip through the images - find the reference sheet you need and freeze it.

The photo frame can hold all sorts of static information within limitations.

Re:Display information (3, Interesting)

dasunt (249686) | about 2 years ago | (#41737523)

Googling "digital photo frames hacks" I find the following suggestions as well:

  • Put recipes on it, store in the kitchen.
  • Store pictures of art you like.
  • Store poems you like.
  • Scan manuals you use frequently.
  • Two images, the first saying "breath in", the second saying "breath out", in slideshow mode with the shortest delay possible. ;)

Trouble ahead (2)

SuperKendall (25149) | about 2 years ago | (#41738099)

Put recipes on it, store in the kitchen.

I tried that but it was pretty hard to make a soufflé before the five seconds were up.

Scan manuals you use frequently.

I had to wait an hour for the instruction manual for my mixer to come up.

Re:Display information (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41738271)

Googling "digital photo frames hacks" I find the following suggestions as well:

  • Put recipes on it, store in the kitchen.
  • Store pictures of art you like.
  • Store poems you like.
  • Scan manuals you use frequently.
  • Two images, the first saying "breath in", the second saying "breath out", in slideshow mode with the shortest delay possible. ;)

How is any of that a "hack"? That's the actual purpose of the device, you're not hacking jack shit.

Let's start with something that should be right up the slashdot alley: http://hackaday.com/tag/digital-picture-frame/
Use it as a cheap monitor for a Rasberry Pi setup. That's a hack.
Here's another- reprogram the guts and put Linux on it. http://hackaday.com/2012/01/10/this-digital-picture-frame-runs-linux-better-than-you-might-think/

Seriously folks, come up with something better than "durrrr show a picture on it durrrr". Hacks, he wants hacks, not original intended use.

Re:Display information (1)

mulvane (692631) | about 2 years ago | (#41739925)

Hacking doesn't HAVE to involve breaking open or doing something outside of the devices current limitations. A HACKER is someone who can also make new use of a device by further understanding its uses within its current limitations and adapt it to his/her need. Hacking is about understanding why things work and how you can make them work better for you also...

Re:Display information (1)

Chrisq (894406) | about 2 years ago | (#41738497)

Do you want a bigger house? Own your own business? Climb Kilimanjaro? Put frames that show those goals into it and let the photo frames remind you. This will make a powerful subconscious urge for you to achieve your goals.

But I just want a new photo-frame you insensitive clod

Presents (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41737567)

Get your elderly grandparents photo albums and scan all the pictures. Load them on to the photo frame and give it away to them. Bonus points if you get your grandparents to give a little description of many of the photos before they pass away.

Best present ever... except the scanning of 60 photo albums :(

A status display for your Linux device (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41737587)

e.g on openwrt

https://forum.openwrt.org/viewtopic.php?id=34133

Where are the nerds today?

Re:A status display for your Linux device (1)

The Pea! (323436) | about 2 years ago | (#41739293)

This is a great comment, seems ideal for a RasPI and I'm going to try and get something going!

Re:A status display for your Linux device (2)

tgd (2822) | about 2 years ago | (#41739655)

e.g on openwrt

https://forum.openwrt.org/viewtopic.php?id=34133

Where are the nerds today?

Back in my day, "nerds" hacked things to make things you couldn't otherwise do.

Hacking a $20 photo frame to do something a $40 photo frame can do? That's not being a "nerd". That's just being bad at economics. When people were asking ten or fifteen years ago what they could do with their old laptops and the answer might've been "hack it into a photo frame you can hang on a wall!", that was hacking. You couldn't buy digital photo frames. When a digital photo frame was $300, that was creative recycling and a cool hack. When Walgreens sells them for $25, the challenge may be entertaining, but I'd bet most nerds, in the sense people meant 15 years ago, are off doing something more.. nerd.

"laying around" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41737995)

Laying what? Eggs?

If you photo frame is capable of laying anything you'd best keep it and monetize that bad-boy.

You insensitive cloJd! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41738023)

one 0r 7he other [goat.cx]

Re:You insensitive cloJd! (0)

Chrisq (894406) | about 2 years ago | (#41738501)

one 0r 7he other [goat.cx]

what bot ton use the photo-frame for. (no don't look)

You mean second generation? (5, Insightful)

naranek (1727936) | about 2 years ago | (#41738211)

I think you mean second generation photo frames. The first generation had superior DPI, didn't use any power and was a lot cheaper. It was also often made of wood.

Re:You mean second generation? (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | about 2 years ago | (#41738575)

Nah, analog is generation zero, mostly because back then nobody gave a shit about retarded marketroidese like "generations".

First generation? I'm still on zero generation (2)

marxz (971164) | about 2 years ago | (#41738223)

which I upgrade by taking the back off and putting a new photo in it....
back on topic .. maybe something to experiment is CF to SD adapter and see if you can push new images on the fly to a eye fi card?

This is stupid (0)

Mr. Freeman (933986) | about 2 years ago | (#41738429)

Why the fuck would you want the weather or anything else in your photo frame. It's a fucking photo frame.

Hey slashdot, I have a cat but my cat doesn't display the traffic conditions outside my house, what can I do to upgrade to a second-generation cat?

Re:This is stupid (3, Interesting)

Robert Zenz (1680268) | about 2 years ago | (#41738545)

I'm pretty sure you can use the Dead Badger Tutorial also on cats.

Take your pick (1)

PhamNguyen (2695929) | about 2 years ago | (#41738447)

Here are some options:

Turn them into some kind of art project.

Run linux on them.

Connect them to an arduino or raspberry pi.

Send them into space using cubesat, as a kickstarter project.

Write a slashdot article about them (oh wait, you already did that).

Or my personal favorite: Sell them.

Grammar tutorial (1, Funny)

Hognoxious (631665) | about 2 years ago | (#41738503)

Anyone have some good idea's

Why not display images on them? Start with this one [angryflower.com] , you bent-wristed neckwetter.

Re:Grammar tutorial (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41739005)

Chill out a bit, man...

Re:Grammar tutorial (1)

Dr. Hok (702268) | about 2 years ago | (#41739581)

Anyone have some good idea's

Why not display images on them? Start with this one [angryflower.com] , you bent-wristed neckwetter.

The dude has an excuse: he is Dutch, and they legally use apostrophe's for plural's (for some word's).

Re:Grammar tutorial (2)

cervesaebraciator (2352888) | about 2 years ago | (#41740633)

he is Dutch, and they legally use apostrophe's for plural's (for some word's).

Gosh, what's not legal in Amsterdam? Have these people no standards at all?

What to do with useless crap I bought 2 years ago? (3, Insightful)

BlackPignouf (1017012) | about 2 years ago | (#41739011)

We seem to get a "What to do with this useless crap I bought 2 years ago?" question every month.
Don't buy it in the first place!

If you think you want to buy something, write it down in a "could_buy.txt" list.
Take a look one month later, and more often than not, you'll ask yourself why you even considered it.

Here's a nice DIY project: (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41739045)

Carefully remove the LCD panel, electronics and power supply from the frame a discard them.

Now print out one of your favourite photos on glossy paper, and mount it in the now-empty frame behind a piece of glass. Put it on your wall or mantelpiece for a beautiful display that you will treasure.

Use it for education. (4, Funny)

Radak (126696) | about 2 years ago | (#41739131)

Anyone have some good idea's how to give these old frames a second life?

Display a different grammar rule every day. You can start with correct use of apostrophes.

This is quite unorthodox but (4, Funny)

silentcoder (1241496) | about 2 years ago | (#41739399)

what if you put some favourite pix on a compact flash card, load it in there... and use the thing to look at the photos or display them to visitors ?

Re:This is quite unorthodox but (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41739635)

Or you could take it apart and turn it into a photo frame that constantly displays photos

Use as Raspberry Pi monitor (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41739935)

If there was some way to connect the old photo frame to the digital output of a Raspberry Pi, it would be awesome for many different reasons to have a Linux box with a photo frame display. I imagine the custom hardware would be difficult to set up. Each LCD photo display is probably different, and the circuitry would be a hassle since the photo display was never meant to accept input, and then you have HDMI output from the RP. By the time you got through, you'd be looking at the price of a low-end Android tablet, which is the RP's biggest problem - by the time you do anything useful with it, you're looking at the price of a low-end tablet.

Here's an idea! (2)

Whiteox (919863) | about 2 years ago | (#41739973)

Glue 4 of them together in a box shape, solder all the usb sockets together and upload a totally white pic. Now you have a unique lamp.

Bring them to a senior center (5, Insightful)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | about 2 years ago | (#41740351)

Help the new owner load some pics of the grandkids from their kids' Facebook page.

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